Spring Semester 2021 Research Positions


Please complete a research application and choose one of the research positions listed below (research applications available on the Undergraduate Research link or in Townshend Hall 141).  Please return your completed applications to the contact person listed for the project via email.

Below are the research projects that are available for students to work on for SOCIOL 4998 credit Spring Semester 2021.  SOCIOL 4998 is one of the options that students can use to fulfill the major Experiential Learning Requirement - PLEASE NOTE, you may only count 3 hours total of internship or research credit towards the major.  Also, remember that research experience is especially important if you are planning on applying to graduate school!

Please read the requirements for each project carefully, as some require either specific coursework or specific GPA.

Group Interaction Project/ Dr. David Melamed
Email application to melamed.9@osu.edu

For this project, we are seeking students to act while in experimental sessions. In each session, you will interact with one “real” participant over Skype (to avoid visual cues), and will be required to be assertive or passive, depending on the phase of the session. To do so, you will be provided a script, but will likely need to ad lib as real participants may do or say as they like.

Each session entails working with participants on a series of ambiguous tasks, and we are interested in how demeanor shapes social influence and perceptions of group members based on interaction patterns.

Students will gain an understanding of experimental design in the social sciences, gain experience with running experiments, and may be involved in the analysis as they see fit.

The Principal Investigator for this project is Prof. David Melamed. Questions about the research may be directed to him at melamed.9@osu.edu. Students must have a 3.4 GPA to be eligible for this project. If interested, please email your resume to Prof. Melamed.

Christian Nationalism and White Supremacy on Twitter
Email application to Shatira Woods (woods.858@osu.edu)

This is a mixed method (qualitative and quantitative) project focusing on how Christians/Christian nationalists and white nationalists use Christian language to justify their opposition to the Black Lives Matters Movement with a particular interest in how the language between Christians and white nationalists overlaps or differs. The goal of this study is to further clarify what Christian nationalism is and how it is distinct from white nationalism, as there is a considerable amount of overlap between these two ideologies.

I have collected Twitter data created between May 2020 and July 2020 to capture the recent resurgence of the Black Lives Matters movement in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others. Students will be asked to help hand code the top Tweets classified into each topic (obtained through quantitative methods) in order to assign qualitative themes to the data. Students might also be asked to assist with reviewing literature and creating brief summaries of that literature.

I am looking for 1 or 2 research assistants. Completion of a research methods course is preferred but not required.  Non-majors are welcome to apply. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dana Haynie